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Downhill Racer -- A skier and his coach battle it out on the mountain in this trailer for classic late 60s film

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Director:
Writers:
Oakley Hall (novel)
James Salter (writer)
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Release Date:
2 February 1970 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?
Plot:
Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Skiing Into Your Living Room See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Redford ... David Chappellet

Gene Hackman ... Eugene Claire

Camilla Sparv ... Carole Stahl
Karl Michael Vogler ... Machet

Jim McMullan ... Johnny Creech
Kathleen Crowley ... American Newspaper Woman

Dabney Coleman ... Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ... D. K. Bryan
Oren Stevens ... Tony Kinsmith
Jerry Dexter ... Ron Engel
Walter Stroud ... Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ... Lena
Rip McManus ... Bruce Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ... Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ... Stiles
Robin Hutton-Potts ... Gabriel
Heini Schuler ... Meier
Peter Rohr ... Boyriven
Arnold Alpiger ... Hinsch
Eddie Waldburger ... Haas
Marco Walli ... Istel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ballard ... Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Brendlin ... Announcer (uncredited)
Harald Dietl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Christian Doerman ... Brumm (uncredited)
Richard Egan ... Extra in bar scene (uncredited)

Michael Gempart ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Rudi Gertsch ... Selznick (uncredited)
Walter Gnilka ... Austrian Journalist (uncredited)
Werner Heyking ... Helgerson (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... T.V. Announcer (uncredited)
James Sandoe ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harald Schreiber ... Oliviera (uncredited)
Alexander Stampfer ... Skier No. 16 (uncredited)
Ulrike von Zerboni ... Jeanine (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oakley Hall  novel
James Salter  writer

Produced by
Richard Gregson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris  (as Richard Harris)
 
Art Direction by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist (as William J. Lodge)
 
Production Management
Walter Coblenz .... production manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production
Stanley O'Toole .... executive in charge of production: Paramount Pictures (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Coblenz .... assistant director
Graham Ford .... second assistant director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
David Wimbury .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony Teiger .... props
 
Sound Department
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stefan Zürcher .... ski stunts
Joe Jay Jalbert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (as Tony Busbridge)
Alan Hewison .... camera operator
Joe Jay Jalbert .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Janssen .... camera operator
Jean-Pierre Janssen .... camera operator
Austin Parkinson .... camera operator
Michael Temple .... camera operator
Arthur Wooster .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia May .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Renate Arbes .... location manager (as Renate Neuchi)
Don Record .... title designer
Robert Simmonds .... location manager
Joe Jay Jalbert .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Natalie Wood .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The first USA skier to win an Olympic downhill medal was Bill Johnson, who won gold in 1984 - 15 years after the release of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Creech starts his final run wearing bib #16. When he crashes, he is wearing #11.See more »
Soundtrack:
Good King WenceslasSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Skiing Into Your Living Room, 3 November 2004
Author: directoroffantasies from Tampa Bay, Florida

The appeal of a ski film to those who ski is obvious. But imagine yourself innocent of skiing. Can it hold the attention of the rest of us? Roone Arledge and his "Wide World of Sports" provided one answer, as Jean Claude Killy and his successors skied into American living rooms on many winter Saturdays. "Downhill Racer" seconds the motion.

The late Mike Ritchie, who'd essayed nothing more ambitious than commercials, traveled the World Cup circuit in the 1967-68 winter, accompanied by Aspen novelist Jim Salter, whose screenplay (from Oakley Hall's very different novel) effectively was written in segments the night before each shoot. Almost everything about this production was improvised.

Athletes are not necessarily interesting people. Killy was; stories about him, some even true, are legion. David Chappellet (a young Robert Redford), more typically, reminds one of the astronauts in "2001", with their limited range of expressions and nothing particularly interesting to say. This comes across powerfully in several hilarious interview scenes, with American and European journalists trying in vain to get the young man to say something worth writing down.

Wengen, Switzerland passes for several World Cup race sites. (A Swiss medico wears an armband identifying him as "Arzt", or doctor, at a supposed French venue). The filmmakers also were present in Grenoble for the Winter Olympics, providing a fictional inside look at the Games far different from that of, for example, "Chariots of Fire".

One still doesn't ski, but the pleasures of "Downhill Racer" are undeniable.

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